Monday, August 2, 2010

Is marijuana the left's 'anti-gay'?

Posted By on Mon, Aug 2, 2010 at 12:43 PM

We previously linked to a story from The Atlantic where a Democratic consultant said that marijuana legalization may "actually help Democrats in the same way that gay marriage bans were supposed to have helped Republicans."

Today, Ryan Grim, author of This Is Your Country On Drugs: The Secret History of Getting High in America, took on the issue over at The Huffington Post.

Grim talks about how "surge voters" — "people who were driven to the polls in 2008 through a once-in-a-generation mix of shame at the outgoing administration and hope in a new, barrier-breaking candidate" — single women under 40, and Hispanics all reported that they'd be more likely to vote if a marijuana legalization issue was on the Colorado ballot.

"Whether it can pass or not is another question, but I think it's clear that a marijuana legalization measure has the potential to increase turnout among voting groups that are critical to Democratic success in November," said a Colorado Democratic operative, who, like most strategists employed by campaigns, prefers not to talk about marijuana on the record — highlighting the difficulty Democrats will have threading the political needle.

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